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Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel settles score, gains WPIAL title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Fox Chapel Area boys volleyball team hit the film room before facing Seneca Valley in last Friday's WPIAL Class AAA title match at Baldwin.

The Foxes had to share the Section 2 title after a 3-2 loss to the Raiders in the second half of section play. The loss came after a 3-0 sweep of their section foe in the first half.

"We studied a ton of film to figure out what we did wrong in that match," said Jaysen Zaleski, a 6-foot-3 senior middle hitter. "We put in a lot of work in the video room."

The extra film work paid huge dividends for Zaleski and his teammates as Fox Chapel dominated Seneca Valley in the rubber match en route to a 3-1 victory and the WPIAL Class AAA title.

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Boys Tennis: Foxes’ Rajupet has strong showing

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

 

Sid Rajupet placed third in the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament back in April, and almost matched that finish at states last weekend.

The Fox Chapel junior finished fourth at the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday in Hershey. Both of Rajupet’s losses at states came against WPIAL foes.

Rajupet opened the tournament with consecutive straight-set victories against Emmaus’ Matt FitzMaurice and Lower Merion’s Simon Vernier. In the semifinals, Rajupet ran into Latrobe senior Chad Kissell, the WPIAL champion, and Kissell defeated Rajupet 6-4, 6-1.

The loss dropped Rajupet into the consolation match, where he lost to Canon-McMillan junior Chris Gladden 6-3, 6-3. 

 

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Track: Fox Chapel runner gets redemption

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles Fox Chapel runner Elias Graca.

2015 0522 FoxChapel BTrack(Photo: Fox Chapel's Elias Graca heads to the finish line to win the Class AAA 800 at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Fox Chapel Area track coach Tom Moul recalls last year's 800-meter race at the PIAA Class AAA championships.

Junior Elias Graca stumbled out of the blocks before falling behind the leaders and getting boxed into the pack. Another trip cost him any chance of advancing past the preliminaries, and Graca was sent home empty-handed and yearning for another chance.

"He's really got that on his mind. He knows what to do this year," Moul said. "While it was unfortunate last year, it helped prepare him for this year. He's got high hopes."

Now a senior, Graca qualified for this year's 800 race at states by setting a meet record during the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships May 14 at Baldwin with a time of 1:52.86, and although the record-breaking run was good for gold, Moul explained that the time isn't even Graca's personal best, which may come during this weekend's state meet."

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Track: Fox Chapel's Graca golden at WPIAL championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Fox Chapel's Elias Graca was able to pull out a win at the WPIAL Class AAA championships to extend his senior year by one more meet.

The senior won the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 52.86 seconds. Although it wasn't his best of the year, Graca set a new WPIAL record.

James Smith of Upper St. Clair set the previous record of 1:53.23 last year.

Teammate Michael Bove finished in second behind Graca in 1:55.65.